Computational physics examples as IPython Notebooks.

explicit euler method, lennard-jones potential

A simple physical model that approximates the interaction between a pair of neutral atoms or molecules.

A study of the trajectory of a ball that is moving through the air, subject to air drag and wind.

newton, space, explicit euler method, gravity

Applying the explicit and implicit Euler methods and the fourth order Runge-Kutta method to calculate the trajectory of the Earth around the Sun.

newton, 4th order runge-kutta, space, lagrange, gravity

Studying how a third mass behaves in the effective gravitational potential resulting from two opposing masses (here: Sun and Earth).

animation, gravity, newton, embedded runge-kutta pair, angular momentum, space

Applying the fourth order Runge-Kutta method and the adaptive step size Runge-Kutta method to calculate the trajectories of three bodies.

cavendish, curve fitting, harmonic oscillator, newton, gravity

Analyzes data from the Cavendish experiment using curve fitting. The Gravitational Constant is estimated.

interpolation, animation, gravity, newton, 4th order runge-kutta, cubic splines

The motion of a rolling object on an arbitrary track is analyzed.

speed of sound, doppler, discrete fourier transform

Calculating the speed of a passing train by Fourier analysis of the corresponding sound file.

euler, eigenvalue, poisson's equation, integration, interpolation, newton, simpson's method

Analyzing sloshing using a numerical approach based on a linear model, which reduces the problem to a Steklov eigenvalue problem.

sound filtering, beat, nyquist-shannon sampling theorem, discrete fourier transform, music

Programming with sounds and using Fourier transforms to filter sound signals.

Computing planet Mars' atmospheric pressure profile from its temperature profile.

Solving the one-dimensional stationary heat equation with a Gaussian heat source by approximating the solution as a sum of Lagrange polynomials.

Calculating the total current propagating through a resistor network.

fermat's principle, diffraction, snell's law, refraction

Plotting the paths of light rays travelling through a gradient-index optical fiber.

discrete fourier transform, image filtering

Using Fourier transforms for filtering and analyzing images.

rayleigh's criterion, einstein, discrete fourier transform, image filtering

Using Fourier transforms to filter and analyzing hybrid images.

specific heat, partition function, magnetism, spin

Computing the internal energy, specific heat and magnetisation in the 1D and 2D Ising model. An analytical solution to the XY model is also provided.

einstein, animation, diffusion, random walk, brown

A brief introduction to Brownian motion and its connection with diffusion. A system of Brownian particles in 2D is simulated and visualised.

eigenenergy, harmonic oscillator, forward shooting, eigenstate

Using the method of forward shooting to determine numerically the eigenenergies of the quantum harmonic oscillator in one dimension.

schrödinger equation, bloch's theorem, newton's theorem

Using Newton's method to calculate the band structure for the simple Dirac comb potential in one dimension.

Computing the size of the hydrogen atom using Monte Carlo integration.

eigenenergy, forward shooting, eigenstate

Calculating the eigenenergies of the lowest states for a one-dimensional double-well potential.

Employing Monte Carlo integration to determine the "shape" of the hydrogen molecule ion.

eigenenergy, forward shooting, eigenstate, schrödinger equation

Using a forward-shooting method to determine the eigenenergies and eigenfunctions of an asymmetric potential in one dimension.

The eigenenergies of a system are found by discretizing the Schrödinger equation and finding the eigenvalues of the resulting matrix.

animation, schrödinger equation, tunneling, scattering

A one-dimensional wave-packet is propagated forward in time for various different potentials.

eigenenergy, eigenstate, schrödinger equation, tunneling, scattering, ehrenfest's theorem, animation

The Time-Dependent Schrödinger equation is solved by expressing the solution as a linear combination of (stationary) solutions of the Time-Independent Schrödinger equation.

Calculates and plots the electric fields and potentials around an arbitrary number of point charges.

4th order runge-kutta, magnetism, electricity, voltage

Using numerical tools to describe and analyse a quadrupole mass spectrometer.

An introduction to the compressible Euler equations and methods for solving them numerically.

Self-avoiding random walks on the square lattice are performed using random sampling. The probability distribution of how many steps a random walker uses before it traps itself is studied. The notebook is based on an article by S. and P. C. Hemmer.

witten, fractal, box counting, diffusion, sander, random walk

Describing aggregation using random walk and estimating its fractal dimension

attenuation, radiation, image filtering

Introduces concepts related to computer tomography (CT) and uses this to create a sinogram from a picture and computes the direct back projection.

curve fitting, radiation, radioactive decay

Introduces curve fitting in Python and uses this to estimate the half-life of the Ba-137m isotope.

polymer, hemmer, hansen, lennard-jones potential, sparse matrix, nygård, elasticity

Simulates the disentanglement of a polymer from a surface using an increasing electric field